While he provides a full range of vitreoretinal care, Dr. Wang sub-specializes in treatment of uveitis, a rare and complex eye condition that involves inflammation of the eye. After his vitreoretinal fellowship at Massachusetts Ear and Eye in Boston, he completed a second fellowship specifically in uveitis at the renowned Doheny Eye Institute in Los Angeles. Throughout his career, he has remained active in leading uveitis research, serving as a primary investigator on numerous clinical trials testing promising new treatments.
How did you become interested in uveitis?
When I trained, uveitis was one of the most challenging fields, and the patients were often the most in need. Many had seen specialist after specialist before finally ending up with a uveitis specialist. There was also a study that showed if a person with ocular inflammation saw a uveitis specialist, they had an 85% better chance of keeping their vision. I feel blessed and obligated to provide care to my uveitis patients.
What inspires you?
I am passionate about continually learning. Everything I do as a physician, a researcher or as a volunteer is to learn more so that I can provide the best possible care for my patients. I remain active in the academic community providing educational material for the American Academy of Ophthalmology and serving as a reviewer for both the American Journal of Ophthalmology and OSLI Retina. I also volunteer on the board of the Retina Foundation of the Southwest, a Dallas-based non-profit research organization looking for cures for currently untreatable disease, and as a clinical associate professor at the University of Texas Southwestern where I lecture and educate medical students, residents and fellows.
Is it true you are a loyal Buckeye?
I bleed scarlet and grey! I completed my undergraduate and medical degrees as well as my residency at The Ohio State University so it is a special place for me. As an undergrad, I earned the coveted Evans Scholar scholarship which provided me with full tuition for four years. It made such a difference in my life that I continue to remain active in this program and contribute back to allow other students a chance to attend college. I also have a scholarship in my name at the Ohio State College of Arts and Sciences and at the medical school in the Department of Ophthalmology.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I love spending time with my family, especially my nieces and nephews. I also enjoy traveling, running marathons (not well), mountain climbing and car racing.
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